Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

About the Plane Pull Challenge

Looking for a great team-building event for your co-workers, friends or family? Join us Saturday, August 3rd for the 2019 Plane Pull Challenge to benefit Special Olympics Indiana, presented by FedEx Express!

Our largest single-day fundraiser, the Plane Pull Challenge offers a unique opportunity for your team of up to 20 to work together to raise important funds for Special Olympics athletes before going head to head with a Boeing FedEx 757 jetliner in an exciting game of tug of war. Hosted each summer at the Indianapolis International Airport’s Postal Hub, this family-friendly event also features a festival-like atmosphere with live music, food, souvenirs, games and other activities throughout the day.

Accept the Challenge!

To participate, each team of up to 20 must raise at least $1,200 in pledges — that’s an average of just $60 per person! And all funds raised by the event directly benefit more than 16,000 Special Olympics athletes across Indiana.

Click below to register yourself and your team for the 2019 Plane Pull Challenge (final rosters are not due until event day), and follow the step-by-step instructions to create your own, personal fundraising page. Register today and start collecting pledges online right away! Each donation made will automatically be added to your team total, so check out the leaderboard and compete for the top spot.

Stay up to date by joining our email list below, and contact Scott Furnish or call (317) 328-2000 for more information.

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Event Day Schedule

Special Olympics Indiana’s Plane Pull Challenge is a fun-filled day of activities for you, your family, friends and anyone else looking for a good time.

7:30 AM:  On-site Registration Opens for Plane Pull Challenge and Plane Pull Torch Run

8:15 AM:  Opening Ceremonies

9:00 AM:  Plane Pull Competition Begins

9:00 AM:  Plane Pull Oasis Opens

9:00 AM:  Family Fun Festival Begins

10:00 AM:  Plane Pull Torch Run Begins

10:00 AM:  Pacers Hot Shot Challenge

11:00 AM:  Half-Time Ceremonies

11:20 AM:  Kid’s Exhibition Pull

11:30 AM:  Plane Pull Competition Resumes

12:00 PM:  Car Show Awards Presentation

2:00 PM:  Plane Pull Challenge Awards Presentation

50th Anniversary Torch Run

We invite you to enhance your Plane Pull Challenge experience in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Special Olympics Indiana by joining law enforcement departments from around the state in the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Torch Run.

This torch run will be memorable as law enforcement, athletes and community supporters run together to celebrate our historic milestone.  We ask the each participant raise a minimum of $50 to be a part of this event which will conclude with the ceremonial lighting of the Flame of Hope.

To reserve your place and get a unique event t-shirt, click here and then click the REGISTER button.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment Hot Shot Challenge

Thanks to our friends at Pacers Sports & Entertainment, basketball always has its place at the Plane Pull Challenge. And new this year, you can earn a chance to challenge some of our top sponsors, fundraisers, and members of the media to a special shooting contest as part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment Hot Shot Challenge, held at 10 a.m. on the Pacers Plane Pull Court!

The top two online fundraising teams (by 5 p.m. EST on Tuesday, July 30) will get to enter a two-person team into this unique competition, where the goal is to score as many points as possible by teaming up to make shots from designated positions on the Pacers Plane Pull Court. The team left standing with the most points at the end of the contest wins! Prizes and a commemorative trophy will be awarded—so don’t delay, register your Plane Pull team and start raising money for Special Olympics Indiana today!

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